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    RIP - Stuart Walker

    I learned so much from that book. Condolences to his family and those that knew him, I only met him once.
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    Polish laser hull

    http://schrothfiberglass.com/GelcoatRepairPrimer.htm This is great writeup on gelcoat fixes for lasers
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    yellow coating on gelcoat - how to clean?

    I like this product, it cleans streaks and so on and waxes in a single use.
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    Polish laser hull

    Do you have a lot of scratches, or dullness in the gel Coat? How old is the laser? unless there’s been significant damage I would just use the Hand Glaze. A couple coats of that and you’ll have a very smooth finish. Water will bead on it and it will be very fast. Polishing with rubbing compound can restore gel coat or mess it up if you don’t know what you are doing, I avoid it for lasers.
  5. Update - I've now had a good look at the hull, and the problem was that when the bailer was last installed (not by me) the screw was driven into the plastic plug that the bailer screws into (it's like a drywall plug, not the rubber hull plug in the cockpit). The screw hit almost between the plastic plug and the fibreglass of the hull rather than into the hole in the 'drywall' plug itself. There's not really any damage to the hull (very small surface chip). The (I presume factory drilled) hole in the hull looks like it's a tunnel through about an inch of material so there's definitely more there as backing than just the fibreglass of the hull at that point (2015 boat, non-Aussie hull). If I was building these boats myself I would not drill all the way through so that if the bailer came out the hull integrity would be preserved. So no epoxy work needed, I am going to reinstall the bailer using 4200 for sealant and make sure that the screw goes into the centre of the 'drywall' plug and I think that I'll be good to go.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    I don’t think that the Aero is popular in Canada, at least central and east it’s all laser and laser radial.
  7. Thanks. I was wondering if there is anything behind the hull where the expansion plug goes in. I'm a bit worried that since it came out it might not fit back in snugly, maybe I'll use 4200 or epoxy when I put it back in and then use sika when I screw the bailer in. Thoughts?
  8. On a 2015 laser how is the autobailer anchored into the boat? I see in the bailer kit there's what looks similar to a drywall plug that the screw goes into. Is there any backing or a wood block there behind the hull (like there is for the deck cleats), or is there just the fibreglass of the hull and nothing else there? My bailer has come out along with the plastic anchor that the screw goes into - I am thinking about how to fix this, wondering what should be/is on the inside.
  9. Looks like 1 Laser standard and no laser radial races the last two days? bad conditions? Anybody know?
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    laser carbon tiller fix

    So I did this and it worked out great. Will see about durability but it was a beotch to sand so I’m optimistic. Thanks to all for the advice, that’s why I really dig this forum.
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    laser carbon tiller fix

    Hi, what product are you referring to? ie what's the name of the 'high density fairing compound'?
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    laser carbon tiller fix

    Gudgeons are fine, I am wise to that problem. The wear is in a line on the underside on each edge of the tiller when it rests on the cheek plates on the inside.
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    laser carbon tiller fix

    Hi, what are folks favorite fixes for laser tillers when the bottom starts to wear due to contact with the rudder head. Somebody told me to epoxy some quarters on the underside. Other fkxes are chopping up old credit cards and taping them on the bottom. these seem hokey to me, what's a proper solution? Lamps
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    Joke

    Proven to be false on many occasions. Do you really think a war ship would have 30 cannonballs sitting loosely stacked by the side of a gun on a rolling and pitching deck? If you do, I have a bridge I would like to sell you!! Tip: If you put Scott Roberts on ignore the percentage of funny posts in this thread soars
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    West Michigan Thread

    It is not hard to link back to it or to individual post in the thread. You can still read it and search for it. It has not gone away. Understood dawg, and you are right of course but, our West Mi thread was not a subject, it was a gathering place. Linking back isn't the point as none of us really ever go back and scroll through it anyway, it is just a chronical of the community. Pathetic as that may be , Kinda like the neighborhood bar burning down and moving accross the street. Not really all that different but yet never quite the same either. Keeping the thread on the first page of threads was kind of a point of pride (hey we are in Michigan, we gotta hang our hat on something!). We'll get over it, it was just a shock and a disruption in our everyday routine. Just start a new one...